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What if, through modern science, we had the power to resurrect Jesus? First, the dreams came. And then the blood. Young Jacob had always known he was different, but he was beginning to lose control. Unknown to him, Nica, the skeptical New York journalist was beginning to pull the pieces together: the Israeli Antiquities Authority, the Max Planck Institute in Germany, VitaG What if, through modern science, we had the power to resurrect Jesus? First, the dreams came. And then the blood. Young Jacob had always known he was different, but he was beginning to lose control. Unknown to him, Nica, the skeptical New York journalist was beginning to pull the pieces together: the Israeli Antiquities Authority, the Max Planck Institute in Germany, VitaGen labs in Pennsylvania. And then there was the Project, the group rumored to be obsessed with invoking apocalyptic end-times on their own terms. But what role could a teenage boy from Denver, Colorado, play in this unfolding story line?


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What if, through modern science, we had the power to resurrect Jesus? First, the dreams came. And then the blood. Young Jacob had always known he was different, but he was beginning to lose control. Unknown to him, Nica, the skeptical New York journalist was beginning to pull the pieces together: the Israeli Antiquities Authority, the Max Planck Institute in Germany, VitaG What if, through modern science, we had the power to resurrect Jesus? First, the dreams came. And then the blood. Young Jacob had always known he was different, but he was beginning to lose control. Unknown to him, Nica, the skeptical New York journalist was beginning to pull the pieces together: the Israeli Antiquities Authority, the Max Planck Institute in Germany, VitaGen labs in Pennsylvania. And then there was the Project, the group rumored to be obsessed with invoking apocalyptic end-times on their own terms. But what role could a teenage boy from Denver, Colorado, play in this unfolding story line?

55 review for Blood Doctrine

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    If you like the "Da Vinci Code," you'll love this one. A page-turner, I finished it in just a couple days and didn't want it to end! If you like the "Da Vinci Code," you'll love this one. A page-turner, I finished it in just a couple days and didn't want it to end!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    Christian does a good job of providing 3 layers of his fictional story to get at his theme. It made for an exciting read, that eventually came together in the end.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Robert D. Cornwall

    Christian Piatt has ventured into the realm of fiction, and I must confess that I'm not always sure how to write a review of a novel. How much should I give away? And with a first novel, what should I say. After all, I have to commend anyone who takes that step of creativity!! In any case Christian Piatt writes a novel that has elements of the DaVinci Code -- a bit of conspiracy and intrigue and even science fiction. There is an interesting cast of characters living in both first century and 21st Christian Piatt has ventured into the realm of fiction, and I must confess that I'm not always sure how to write a review of a novel. How much should I give away? And with a first novel, what should I say. After all, I have to commend anyone who takes that step of creativity!! In any case Christian Piatt writes a novel that has elements of the DaVinci Code -- a bit of conspiracy and intrigue and even science fiction. There is an interesting cast of characters living in both first century and 21st Century. The characters include Jesus' brother Ya'aqov (Jacob), an intrepid journalist -- Nica, a priest (Scratch), a pretty girl (Elena) who is the girl friend of the central character -- Jacob. It is the identity of Jacob, who exhibits something akin to the stigmata. There's a secret society with unknown designs on the world -- but its religious and they have a take no prisoners attitude. Oh, there's a relic of the crucifixion and human cloning. I hope I've not given too much away. The ending of the book suggests that more is to come. Perhaps it is a generational thing -- but since this is a religious novel, I need to point out that the language is, well, not the kind of language we used in polite company growing up.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lee Harmon

    Piatt spins two parallel tales: the major story in the twenty-first century, the minor one in the first century. They dovetail by the end of the book. The first story is a page-turner; the second, not so much. As a scholar of first-century Palestinian history, you’d think that would be the portion of the book that would most interest me, but I found it to be rather unnecessary. That minor complaint aside, the primary tale is captivating! A teenage boy who grew up as an orphan recognizes that he i Piatt spins two parallel tales: the major story in the twenty-first century, the minor one in the first century. They dovetail by the end of the book. The first story is a page-turner; the second, not so much. As a scholar of first-century Palestinian history, you’d think that would be the portion of the book that would most interest me, but I found it to be rather unnecessary. That minor complaint aside, the primary tale is captivating! A teenage boy who grew up as an orphan recognizes that he is different, that he seems to possess strange healing powers, but is hesitant to discuss it with others. When a journalist on the trail of an archaeological mystery comes into his life, he learns that his powers are no accident … they stem from the time of Jesus … and that powerful people are watching him closely, anxiously trying to hurry the Second Coming of Christ. With likeable characters and multiple plot twists, this would seem to appeal best to young adults. But with the pointed subject matter and the first-century side story, perhaps it will find its niche instead among free-thinking adult readers. Samizdat Creative, © 2014, 183 pages ISBN: 978-938633-55-3

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    The synopsis of this book is pretty accurate. It leaves enough to the imagination that if you try to put answers to the questions before you read the book, you may be surprised. Personally I enjoy that; enough to wet your appetite but it doesn't give away the entire story so you don't need to read it. The premise of this book is awesome. I'm not going to say too much about it because it would give away a major mystery of the story line. Suffice it to say if you enjoy the thought of accessing anci The synopsis of this book is pretty accurate. It leaves enough to the imagination that if you try to put answers to the questions before you read the book, you may be surprised. Personally I enjoy that; enough to wet your appetite but it doesn't give away the entire story so you don't need to read it. The premise of this book is awesome. I'm not going to say too much about it because it would give away a major mystery of the story line. Suffice it to say if you enjoy the thought of accessing ancient DNA for today's world, this should be right up your alley. I enjoyed the opportunity to learn a bit of a story in the bible. I found the characters believable and interesting to get to know. I hope Mr Piatt has thoughts of a sequel. It does sort of just end abruptly. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in what I mention above. Again,I don't want to say too much without giving the book away. Thank you Mr Piatt for the opportunity to read this book!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha

    3.5 stars - Good concept but it felt like it needed some fine tune editing. There were some little inconsistencies that drove me batty & the characters felt to me like they needed more fleshing out across the board. (Not enough voice present for each individual perspective.) Several people compared this to DaVinci Code. I would not put it in that ballpark because I don't think there is nearly enough twists & turns/suspense to keep those types of fans satisfied. There are however some very though 3.5 stars - Good concept but it felt like it needed some fine tune editing. There were some little inconsistencies that drove me batty & the characters felt to me like they needed more fleshing out across the board. (Not enough voice present for each individual perspective.) Several people compared this to DaVinci Code. I would not put it in that ballpark because I don't think there is nearly enough twists & turns/suspense to keep those types of fans satisfied. There are however some very thought provoking concepts and historical fiction represented here - which I enjoyed. The book could benefit from expounding on several aspects. I think this was a fair start for an author just branching into fiction and I would check out future Piatt work.

  7. 4 out of 5

    David Ackerman

    There’s nothing like a good fantasy page-turner to kick off summer vacation. And I haven’t read one that’s as good as Christian Piatt’s “Blood Doctrine” in a long time. Unlike some authors in this genre, Piatt is too sound theologically to fall into the trap of using his medium to propagate misconceptions of Christian faith. Instead, he uses it to challenge his readers with some provocative questions about the roles of human agency, science, and ethics as forces for good or evil in society. Deep There’s nothing like a good fantasy page-turner to kick off summer vacation. And I haven’t read one that’s as good as Christian Piatt’s “Blood Doctrine” in a long time. Unlike some authors in this genre, Piatt is too sound theologically to fall into the trap of using his medium to propagate misconceptions of Christian faith. Instead, he uses it to challenge his readers with some provocative questions about the roles of human agency, science, and ethics as forces for good or evil in society. Deep questions aside, though, the book is a lot of fun to read. It reveals Piatt’s versatility as a writer and shows why he is becoming one of the leading voices in writing on issues of Christian faith today. Kick back and enjoy!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cince

    Blood Doctrine by Christian Piatt is based on the premise that enough DNA from religious relics has been retrieved for a cloning type experiment by some shady characters in the hopes of expiditing the foretold second coming of Christ. A New York journalist becomes involved in pieces of the story and like a true investigative reporter, decides to follow the leads for a story. While it seems there is no one left who knows the complete tale, piecing together the puzzle is an adventure fraught with Blood Doctrine by Christian Piatt is based on the premise that enough DNA from religious relics has been retrieved for a cloning type experiment by some shady characters in the hopes of expiditing the foretold second coming of Christ. A New York journalist becomes involved in pieces of the story and like a true investigative reporter, decides to follow the leads for a story. While it seems there is no one left who knows the complete tale, piecing together the puzzle is an adventure fraught with mystery and danger. Devout followers are likely to cringe over some liberties taken and language dispersed throughout this tale yet I found the story to be very engaging and am glad I took the time to read it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laurel Ragland

    Page Turner and fascinating By the end I was believing this could happen! Thanks Christian, for a good read with meaningful speculation about being a believer in the 1st century and reflection on what it might be in the 21st. (And as a Denver native, the local references were fun !)

  10. 5 out of 5

    John

    Awesome book.....couldn't put it down!!!!! Awesome book.....couldn't put it down!!!!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Took me awhile to really get into the book. Pretty far reaching plot line.

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    Angela Higeons

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